Languages
Page last updated at 14:47 GMT, Tuesday, 28 June 2005 15:47 UK

Behaviour crackdown on NY subway

Commuters on the New York subway
Good subway behaviour is set to be more heavily enforced in future

New York subway users could soon face fines of up to $100 if they drink coffee, put feet on seats or move between carriages on moving trains.

The rules were passed by the city's transport authorities on Monday, the New York Times reports.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has attracted criticism for his high-profile bans - such as smoking in public places - in his crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

But others welcome his attempts to make the city a more pleasant place.

The new set of passenger rules - due to be implemented on 1 October - were agreed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's transit committee, the newspaper said.

'Common sense' enforcement

If passed by the full board on Wednesday, passengers will not be allowed to:

  • Drink from an open container on a moving train

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
    Mr Bloomberg's high-profile bans have attracted criticism

  • Straddle a bicycle, ride a skateboard or wear in-line skates

  • Put feet on seats

  • Move between carriages, except when the train is at a station (even then, passengers are warned, it could be dangerous)

  • Jump turnstiles, even if they hold a valid ticket

They could face fines of between $25 (13) and $100 (55) if caught, the New York Times reports.

Nearly three-quarters of the city's 6,182 subway trains are said to have unlocked doors between carriages.

Some committee members expressed concerned at the authority's ability to enforce the new rules.

"It is, from time to time, convenient to absent oneself from a car or from a particular group of people," Mark Page, the city's budget director who represents Mayor Bloomberg on the board, was quoted by the paper as saying.

Assistant Chief Henry Cronin, of the police department's transit bureau, reportedly said officers would use their common sense about enforcing the new rules.




SEE ALSO
Last smoke in New York
30 Mar 03 |  Americas
Fines for mobile use in NY cinemas
23 Nov 02 |  Entertainment
Bloomberg puts up New York taxes
02 Dec 02 |  Business
Profile: Michael Bloomberg
01 Jan 02 |  Americas

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific